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Fall 2009 Course List

Generally speaking each course at Marlboro College requires a minimum number of contact hours with teaching faculty based on the credits to be earned.  Usually 50 minutes or more of weekly contact time per credit earned is required.  Contact time is provided through formal in-class instruction as well as other instructional activities facilitated by the teaching faculty member.

Book lists for courses are posted on the course list prior to the first week of each semester, when course registration takes place, in fulfillment of the provisions of the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008.  Lists are subject to change at any time.  Books required for courses at Marlboro are available at the College Bookstore.

Courses marked with mode_edit are Designated Writing Courses.
Courses marked with hearing are Writing Seminar Courses.
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American Studies

CONSUMER CULTURE IN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE

HUM1077
4.00
Intermediate
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This course traces the emergence and development of a consumer oriented culture in the United States from the end of the nineteenth century to the present.  We will explore the relationship between consumer culture and democracy, between places of consumption and places of production  (leisure and work), between consumer goods and activities and issues of social identity. particularly relating to gender, class and race.  We will also pay attention to movements and organizations which have resisted or challenged aspects of a dominant consumer culture.  By the end of the course students should have an understanding of the history of consumer culture in its related economic, political, social and cultural dimensions and an ability to read critically the messages and structures of contemporary consumer society.  The class is designed to allow students to pursue particular research interests throughout the semester.

  • WED 11:30am-12:50pm
  • FRI 11:30am-12:50pm

SENIOR SEMINAR IN AMERICAN STUDIES

HUM721
2.00
Advanced
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The seminar is organized around the different research topics of seniors doing Plan work in American Studies. Students will present their research in progress and read and critique each other's writing. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

  • THU 1:30pm-2:50pm

THE POLITICS OF DIFFERENCE: RACE/ETHNICITY, CLASS & GENDER

HUM1395
2.00
Advanced
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An advanced seminar exploring the ways in which race/ethnicity, class and gender have been socially constructed in the United States as "difference" in the form of hierarchy. Emphasis on recent scholarship which approaches these axes of difference not as fixed and separate categories but as mutually constituted systems of relationships which are produced and reproduced over time. Opportunity to pursue individual research projects. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

  • TUE 1:30pm-3:20pm

For American Studies offerings, also see:

  • AMERICA ON STAGE AND SCREEN
  • DECONSTRUCTING SPACE & PERFORMANCE
  • WRITING SEMINAR: VIOLENCE OF HORSES: THE MYTH & REALITY OF THE WESTERN
  • Anthropology

    ANTHROPOLOGICAL THOUGHT & THEORY

    SSC128
    4.00
    Intermediate
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    An overview of the dominant theories and issues that have shaped anthropological research and writing from the mid-19th century to the present. Paradigms to be investigated include Boasian anthropology, functionalism, French structuralism, cultural materialism, interpretive anthropology, feminist anthropology, and reflexive anthropology.


    Prerequisite: Prerequisite: background in social sciences/related subject or permission of instructor

    • TUE 10:00am-11:20am
    • THU 10:00am-11:20am

    FOOD & CULTURE

    SSC511
    4.00
    Intermediate
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    "You are what you eat" is a commonly-heard phrase, but what are some of the meanings and implications of this statement? How might these be examined cross-culturally? In this class we will consider a range of topics including food practices and gustatory meaning systems, food and the body, the political economy of what people eat, domesticating tastes, and food and globalization. Case studies will be drawn from around the world, and the class will provide opportunities for local fieldwork. 

    • MON 11:30am-12:50pm
    • WED 11:30am-12:50pm

    For Anthropology offerings, also see:

  • DECONSTRUCTING SPACE & PERFORMANCE
  • THE SOVIET ERA THROUGH FILM AND MEMOIR
  • Art History

    ART HISTORICAL METHODS

    HUM1388
    4.00
    Advanced
    Erin Benay
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    An upper level reading class that will concentrate in reading and critically analysing different methodological approaches to the study of art history. Prerequisite: 3 art history courses

    • THU 3:30pm-5:20pm

    Art History Survey Part I: Pre-History to Gothic

    HUM880
    4.00
    Introductory
    Erin Benay
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    This course is an introduction to the history of art beginning with pre-history and ending with Italy in the fourteenth century. The focus of the class is on tracing trends of stylistic, functional, aesthetic, material interaction in a series of world cultures including Egyptian, Ancient Near Eastern, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Western Medieval. Students are expected to develop skills of visual analysis and a historical sense of changes in world culture. Prerequisite: None

    • MON 11:30am-12:50pm
    • WED 11:30am-12:50pm

    Asian Studies

    ANCIENT CHINESE HISTORY & CULTURE

    HUM1052
    4.00
    Introductory
    Seth Harter
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    This course will examine the development of Chinese culture from the earliest divination rites and the Book of Changes to the flowering of drama and literature during the Ming dynasty. Along the way we will explore the sparring schools of Confucianism, Daoism, and Legalism; we will study the creation and growth of the imperial institution and meritocratic civil service that made it work; we will consider some of the fabulous economic and technological developments that made Chinese products the envy of the world in the 17th century; and we will read a selection of poetry and prose by Tang hermits, Song officials, and Ming aesthetes. Prerequisite: None

    • TUE 10:00am-11:20am
    • THU 10:00am-11:20am

    EXILE: ASIAN ALIENATION

    HUM1383
    2.00
    Intermediate
    Seth Harter
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    What happens when you live in one culture but identify with another? In this course we will explore the tumultuous history and hybrid cultures of modern Southeast Asia through the theme of exile. The class will draw together political narratives, social science theory, memoir and fiction to generate a complex understanding of exile. Through this lens, we will consider the problems of colonizers, refugees, nomads, and adventurers. Students will explore case studies on Indochina, Indonesia, and the Philippines, while choosing their own case for a final research paper. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

    • TUE 1:30pm-3:20pm

    PLAN WRITING SEMINAR IN ASIAN STUDIES

    HUM1359
    Variable
    Advanced
    Seth Harter
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    A student-driven plan writing seminar for seniors working on plans in Asian Studies. Prerequisite: Plan in Asian Studies

    • TBD

    For Asian Studies offerings, also see:

  • HINDUISM
  • PLAN WRITING SEMINAR IN ASIAN STUDIES
  • Biochemistry

    Biochemistry of the Cell

    NSC13
    4.00
    Intermediate
    Todd Smith
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    What is a protein? For early biochemists this was a hotly-contested topic: what was their composition, structure, and function? Now we know many extraordinary details of how proteins function. For example, we know how they help our bodies acquire nutrients from food, use those nutrients for fuel, and carry oxygen to our tissues.  In particular, research has revealed the intricacies of how a protein's structure is related to its function. In this course we will employ an evolutionary perspective as we discuss major topics such as amino acids, proteins and protein structure, bioenergetics, enzymes and enzyme function. We will also study major metabolic pathways and their key control points. Our goals are for you to develop a thorough understanding of how enzymes work, and to be familiar with key metabolic pathways and how they are controlled.  Prerequisite:  General Chemistry I and II

    • TUE 10:00am-11:20am
    • THU 10:00am-11:20am

    Biochemistry of the Cell Laboratory

    NSC587
    2.00
    Introductory
    Todd Smith
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    This laboratory will be an introduction to techniques commonly used by biochemists, and must be taken in conjunction with Biochemistry of the Cell. We will begin with basic laboratory procedures such as preparing reagents and performing column chromatography and protein assays. We will then explore techniques for separating proteins such as one and two-dimensional electrophoresis, and the identification of specific proteins using immunostaining. Finally we will explore a technique for quantifying minute amounts of protein in solution, the enzyme-linked immuno-sorbent assay (ELISA). Prerequisite(s): General Chemistry I, General Biology

    • TUE 1:30pm-4:50pm

    Biology

    General Biology I

    NSC9
    4.00
    Introductory
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    An examination of the molecular and cellular basis for life. Prerequisite:  None

    • MON 10:30am-11:20am
    • WED 10:30am-11:20am
    • FRI 10:30am-11:20am

    General Biology I Lab

    NSC174
    2.00
    Introductory
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    An exploration of biological principles and biological diversity in a laboratory setting. We will study such organisms as bacteria, yeast, molds, mammalian cell cultures including cancer cells, plants, fish, and others.  Skill in basic laboratory techniques in biology will be acquired throughout the semester. Recommended for prospective life science Plan students. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in General Biology I or permission of instructor

    • MON 1:30pm-4:50pm

    General Ecology & Ecology Lab

    NSC140
    5.00
    Intermediate
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    An examination of several major factors which contribute to the distribution and abundance of organisms and hence, to the structure of biotic communities.  An emphasis will be placed on the original literature.  This course should be taken by all students with a life-science orientation in the environmental sciences. Prerequisite:  college level biology 

    • TUE 1:30pm-2:50pm
    • FRI 1:30pm-4:50pm

    PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY

    NSC111
    4.00
    Introductory
    Robert Engel
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    An introduction to the physical and biological environment of the planet: climate, oceans, landforms, biological life-zones. No prerequisites. Recommened for non-science majors, and as an introduction to the sciences at Marlboro. Will probobly include one or more field days. Prerequisite: None

    • TUE 10:00am-11:20am
    • THU 10:00am-11:20am

    Ceramics

    Ceramics I

    ART349
    4.00
    Introductory
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    The study of pottery using handbuilding techniques, natural organic models, and a survey of pottery history.  The composition, geological history, and high-temperature firing behavior of earth materials are covered. Materisals fee of $15 per credit. Prerequisite:  None

    • MON 1:30pm-3:20pm
    • THU 1:30pm-3:20pm THU 6:30pm-7:30pm

    Ceramics II

    ART102
    4.00
    Intermediate
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    Intermediate work in ceramics based on wheel throwing and/or handbuilding; critical analysis of three-diminsional form; readings in the history and technical literature of ceramics. Prerequisite:  Ceramics course at Marlboro or permission of instructor

    • TUE 9:00am-11:20am
    • THU 9:00am-11:20am

    Chemistry

    General Chemistry I

    NSC158
    4.00
    Introductory
    Todd Smith
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    Chemistry has a rich history, including ancient theories on the nature of matter and recipes for converting lead into gold. Modern research and applications are equally exciting, and include topics such as creating more efficient solar collectors and the reactions of natural and human-made chemicals in the environment. In this course, we will study topics such as atomic structure and the periodic table, reaction stoichiometry, chemical bonds, and molecular structure. Many topics are related to current health and environmental issues. For example, discussions of pH and reduction-oxidation reactions include research on the natural chemistry of surface waters and the effects of acid rain on natural systems. Co-requisite: General Chemistry Laboratory I 

    • MON 8:30am-9:20am
    • WED 8:30am-9:20am
    • FRI 8:30am-9:20am

    General Chemistry I Lab - Exploration of Biofuels

    NSC444
    2.00
    Introductory
    Todd Smith
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    In the laboratory, we will apply the same concepts, information and analytical approach we use in the classroom. You will continue to hone problem-solving skills and become familiar with laboratory equipment and procedures. Laboratory sessions will be designed to allow you to explore ideas discussed in class through field and lab work in environmental chemistry. Also, we will try to apply concepts from the field of 'green chemistry' to make our investigations more environmentally sustainable. Co-requisite: General Chemistry I

    • THU 1:30pm-4:50pm

    Classics

    '... and Greek as a treat' (GREEK IA)

    HUM286
    2.00
    Introductory
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    This is a beginner's course for those wishing to study Ancient Greek. We'll be using John Taylor's "Greek to GCSE" (parts 1 and 2), which introduces students to the basic elements of the language by using original stories along with some excerpts from Greek texts. Students should expect the course to cover some difficult ground in a short space of time, and be prepared for regular quizzes as we go along.  Prior linguistic experience is not  a prerequisite, but some knowledge of Latin or a modern romance language will be advantageous.  Ancient Greek is a difficult but beautiful language, unparalleled in its appearance, sound, and flow.

    • TUE 9:00am-9:50am
    • THU 9:00am-9:50am
    • FRI 10:30am-11:20am

    Greek IIA

    HUM47
    4.00
    Intermediate
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    This course is a continuation of Greek IA and IB.  We will be translating original Greek in order to build up vocabulary and grammatical knowledge; prose composition will also be a regular feature of our study.  It is during this course that the full force and beauty of the Ancient Greek language will become apparent.  Prerequisites: Greek IA and Greek IB.

    • TUE 11:30am-12:50pm
    • THU 11:30am-12:50pm

    Latin IA

    HUM36
    4.00
    Introductory
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    This is a beginner's course for those wishing to study the Latin language. We'll be working from Wheelock's Latin (6th edition), which introduces students to the basic elements of grammar, syntax, and vocabulary by using original stories along with exerpts from Latin texts. There will be regular (but short) quizzes to reinforce what has been learned as we go along. Students can expect to have graduated to reading sustained passages adapted from Roman authors before the end of the academic year. Although a challenging language, Latin can be immensely rewarding; there is nothing better for stimulating the mind!

    • MON 9:30am-10:20am
    • WED 9:30am-10:20am
    • FRI 9:30am-10:20am

    Latin IIA

    HUM427
    4.00
    Intermediate
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    This course is a continuation of Latin IA and Latin IB. We will be translating original Latin in order to build up vocabulary and grammatical knowledge; prose composition will also be a regular feature of our study.  We will aim to finish Wheelock's Latin, and cover a wide range of original Latin during the course of the year. Students will come to appreciate the power that Latin can convey.

    • TUE 1:30pm-2:50pm
    • FRI 1:30pm-2:50pm

    THE GOLDEN RACE

    HUM1387
    4.00
    Introductory
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    'Now a golden race arises,' claims Virgil. This course will explore the literature (in translation) from the Roman Republic at the height of its power. From the sultry erotic poems of Propertius to the filfthy jibes of Catullus, we shall explore a full range of genre. Our study will culminate in the two great Roman epics: Virgil's Aeneid and Ovid's Metamorphoses, each offering a different view of the future. The one presents stability, empire, and power; the other mutation, aberration, and flux.  Prerequisite: None

    • MON 3:30pm-4:50pm
    • THU 3:30pm-4:50pm

    For Classics offerings, also see:

  • Art History Survey Part I: Pre-History to Gothic
  • Computer Science

    BUILDING VIRTUAL WORLDS: TEXTURE, SCRIPT, ACTION!

    NSC589
    4.00
    Intermediate
    Peter Kantor
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    This class will use the virtual environment Second Life to look at the
    principles of building virtual worlds and interactive online games.
    Designing virtual environments requires a wide variety of skills, from story
    writing to graphic arts, from physics to sociology, and, of course,
    programming. The purpose of this class is to take a look at the mechanics
    behind designing virtual worlds and the possibilities of event-driven
    programming for creating interactive content. Topics covered will include
    building virtual objects using primitives (prims), learning to texture prims
    to add realism to otherwise simple structures, and scripting objects to
    interact with players, each other, and the virtual world. As a programming
    course, the primary focus will be on the Second Life in-world scripting
    language, LSL, but will also look at the basic concepts of interactive game
    design and touch upon important development tools necessary for content
    creation.  prereq: prior hands-on programming experience

    • MON 3:30pm-4:50pm
    • THU 3:30pm-4:50pm

    INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER LOGIC & PROGRAMMING

    NSC588
    4.00
    Introductory
    Peter Kantor
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    By providing a solid grounding in computer logic and programming, this class
    lays the foundation for further work in computer science. Much as a
    competency with English grammar is required for writing, an understanding of
    programming is required for nearly all intermediate and advanced work in
    computer science. A similar course is offered every fall, though the
    language chosen varies from year to year. This semester starts from the
    ground up, from number systems, to encoding data, to computer logic, to
    programming. The language for this semester is ECMAScript, more commonly
    known as JavaScript. It is a versatile scripting language that is part of
    the core toolset for the World Wide Web. Given its focus on interactivity,
    JavaScript allows for an integrated approach to learning procedural,
    object-oriented, and event-driven programming models in what is, perhaps, a
    familiar development environment that provides immediate feedback when
    trying to learn the language.

    • TUE 3:30pm-4:50pm
    • FRI 3:30pm-4:50pm

    Cultural History

    THE SOVIET ERA THROUGH FILM AND MEMOIR

    CDS434
    4.00
    Intermediate
    Dana Howell
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    The Soviet era represents a great social experiment, only recently abandoned. This course is an introduction to Soviet society and post-Soviet reaction, using memoir, film, and current studies to discuss the passage from early revolutionary radicalism to Stalinism to the end of the Cold War and contemporary "normalcy" and nostalgia. Pre-requisite: None

    • WED 11:30am-12:50pm
    • FRI 11:30am-12:50pm

    For Cultural History offerings, also see:

  • ANTHROPOLOGICAL THOUGHT & THEORY
  • DECONSTRUCTING SPACE & PERFORMANCE
  • Dance

    BEGINNING MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE

    ART23
    2.00
    Introductory
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    This course introduces students to modern dance technique. Each class will consist of a warm-up, exercises across the floor, and longer combinations of movement. Through studio practice, students will build physical coordination, strength, flexibility, balance, body awareness, and an understanding of principles of modern dance. Some readings and video viewings will be used to help students contextualize their studio practice. The course will also include some creative work. May be repeated one time for credit.  Prerequisite: None

    • MON 3:30pm-4:50pm
    • THU 3:30pm-4:50pm

    Choreography and Music

    ART850
    4.00
    Intermediate
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    In this class, students will explore both the art and the craft of making dances.  Responding to specific assignments, students will create a number of dances throughout the semester, bringing a new draft to class each week.   Class sessions will focus on viewing and discussing students' work, and when appropriate, on exploring tools for the creative process and ideas about composition.  Attention will be given to learning how to give and receive choreographic feedback, and to editing and developing existing choreography.  In addition, students will study the choreographic methods of other artists through viewing videos and reading texts. This course will require students to work independently and commit a substantial amount of time outside of class to the completion of choreographic studies.  Students will present their final projects in an end of the semester showing.  This course may be repeated for credit; assignments, readings, and special topics will differ each semester.  Prerequisite: Previous dance experience and permission of the instructor

    • FRI 1:30pm-4:20pm

    INT/ADV MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE: MUSIC & MUSICALITY

    ART2236
    2.00
    Advanced
    Alison Mott
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    In this technique class, we will delve into the connections between music and dance. Through in-class and some outside assignments, we will seek to understand common musical terms and forms as they apply to choreography and performance. We will investigate the question of what it means to dance musically and will bring the fruits of that investigation to class phrasework and mini choreographic studies. Regular attendance and willingness to participate are essential ingredients for success. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor

    • MON 1:00pm-3:20pm
    • THU 1:00pm-3:20pm

    REPERTORY

    ART851
    2.00
    Intermediate
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    Students will participate in the creation of a new choreographic work directed by faculty member, Kristin Horrigan. The choreography will be performed at the end of the fall semester. Additional rehearsal times may be scheduled as needed. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor

     

    • FRI 10:30am-12:20pm

    YOGA

    ART614
    1.00
    Introductory
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    Inspired by the Ashtanga and Anusara yoga traditions, this class will focus on the practice of yogic postures, with attention to the flow of breath and movement, the focus of the mind, and the alignment of the body. The practice of yoga stretches and strengthens the body, calms and clears the mind, and promotes self-awareness.  Prerequisite: None

    • WED 8:30am-9:50am

    Drama

    AMERICA ON STAGE AND SCREENmode_edit

    ART866
    4.00
    Introductory
    Paul Nelsen
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    An examination of selected works of American drama - -written for the stage and/or screen -- with a special interest in representations of character and conflict that reflect our cultural persona. Reading will include scripts by Eugene O'Neill, Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, Edward Albee, Sam Shepard, Thornton Wilder, August Wilson, David Mamet, and others. Films will include Citizen Kane, Grapes of Wrath, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, On the Waterfront, Gone with the Wind, Saving Private Ryan, and Easy Rider are among the films we will view. Prerequisite: None 

    • MON 1:30pm-3:20pm
    • THU 1:30pm-3:20pm

    Economics

    ECONOMICS FROM THE BOTTOM UPmode_edit

    SSC514
    4.00
    Introductory
    James Tober
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    An introduction to economics through an examination of production and exchange relationships at the local and community levels.  Topics include barter, gift, and market exchange; property rights and the tragedy of the commons; for-profit and not-for-profit production; money and local currencies; microfinance; and community development.  Prerequisite:  None

    • TUE 10:00am-11:20am
    • THU 10:00am-11:20am

    Environmental Studies

    Global Atmospheric Change

    NSC346
    4.00
    Introductory
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    An examination of the changes occurring in the earth's atmosphere and climate, both short and long term, and due to natural as well as anthropogenic causes. Prerequisite: None

    • MON 10:30am-11:20am
    • WED 10:30am-11:20am
    • FRI 10:30am-11:20am

    WILDLIFE POLICY, LAW, AND VALUES

    SSC446
    4.00
    Intermediate
    James Tober
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    Our engagement with wildlife ranges from visiting Sea World, to hunting deer, to supporting conservation organizations, to caring deeply about rare species we will never see. How can we make sense of the diverse ways in which people value and act toward wildlife? How, through custom, law and policy, can we manage the terms on which wild animals are pursued and protected? This course will address such topics as the U.S. Endangered Species Act, community-based wildlife management, market and non-market valuation, and the ecology of environmental organizations. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor 

    • MON 1:30pm-2:50pm
    • THU 1:30pm-2:50pm

    For Environmental Studies offerings, also see:

  • FOOD & CULTURE
  • Global Atmospheric Change
  • WILDLIFE POLICY, LAW, AND VALUES
  • Film

    THE FILMS OF ROBERT BRESSON & KRYSTOFF KIESLOWSKI

    ART2231
    4.00
    Intermediate
    Jay Craven
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    Filmmakers Robert Bresson and Krystoff Kieslowski stand in the forefront of poetic narrative filmmakers. And Bresson's Both use visual imagery and aural landscapes that deeply probe themes of human fallibility and transcendence. Among the films that will be explored: Bresson's Pickpocket, A Man Escaped, Une Femme Douce, L'Argent, and Au Hazard Balthazar -- and Kieslowski's Three Colors Trilogy (Blue, White, Red), The Double Life of Veronique, episodes from The Decalogue, and Tom Twyker's Heaven, produced from Kieslowski's final screenplay. Students will be expected to read supporting materials, write weekly film critiques, and participate in discussion. Prerequisite: None

    • TUE 6:30pm-9:30pm

    For Film offerings, also see:

  • AMERICA ON STAGE AND SCREEN
  • Film/Video Studies

    EXPERIMENTAL FILM PRODUCTION

    ART679
    4.00
    Multi-Level
    Jay Craven
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    Students will work with camera, editing, and sound to make experimental videos where they explore visual and audio constructions, employing various aspects of film theory and practice. Because experimental filmmaking is an open-ended form, we will also screen and discuss a number of experimental films, by Stan Brakhage, Su Friedrich, Maya Deren, Dziga Vertov, Chantal Ackerman, Sally Potter, Ernie Gehr, and others. In addition to making films, students will be asked to write brief statements about their work, exploring the inspiration, process, meaning, and/or form of their work. The semester-end festival will be curated from among films produced this semester. Prerequisite: None

    • TUE 1:30pm-4:50pm

    History

    A HISTORY OF FAMINE

    HUM1385
    4.00
    Intermediate
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    In this course, we will survey a number of famines and food shortages from ancient Rome to modern Africa, looking at the changing nature of famines throughout history as well as some persistent similarities. The course will investigate the human and natural causes of famine, the experience of starvation and economic displacement and the attempts by governments and individuals to avoid and ameliorate shocks to the food supply. Particular attention will be paid to economic and social theories of famine and how they affect historical interpretation and modern food aid. Previous coursework in history, economics or political science helpful but not required. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor

    • TUE 11:30am-12:50pm
    • THU 11:30am-12:50pm

    Introduction to Medieval Studies

    HUM1384
    4.00
    Introductory
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    This course serves as a broad introduction to the Medieval European world.  There are two major goals of the course.  First, students should become acquainted with the changes and narratives of medieval history as well as its significance to modern history.  Second, as an introduction to the historical discipline, this course offers students the opportunity to learn the methods of historical research: how to use primary sources as well as historiography to formulate historical narratives and arguments.  The course will look at the medieval world through a variety of lenses, including political, religious, economic and social history as well as looking at the art, music and literature of the time. Prerequisite: None

    • MON 1:30pm-2:50pm
    • THU 1:30pm-2:50pm

    THE GERMAN TWENTIETH CENTURY

    HUM1164
    3.00
    Intermediate
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    The course will examine the history of the twentieth century by focusing on Germany and the Germans. Topics to be covered include nationalism, war and peace, high and low cultures, dictatorship and democracy, and the origins and history of the European Union. Prerequisite: Some college level history helpful

    • TUE 3:00pm-5:20pm

    For History offerings, also see:

  • ANTHROPOLOGICAL THOUGHT & THEORY
  • Art History Survey Part I: Pre-History to Gothic
  • Contemporary Political & Social Thought
  • THE SOVIET ERA THROUGH FILM AND MEMOIR
  • Languages

    BEGINNING MODERN ARABIC IA

    HUM1119
    4.00
    Introductory
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    Introduces students to the phonology and script of classical/modern standard Arabic and covers the basic morphology and syntax of the written language. Emphasis on the development of the four skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) at the earliest stages. Samples of modern (contemporary) and classical styles of writing introduced, and audio-visual material from the contemporary Arabic media. Prerequisite: None

    • MON 10:30am-11:20am
    • WED 10:30am-11:20am
    • FRI 10:30am-11:20am

    Elementary Chinese I

    HUM1357
    4.00
    Introductory
    Grant Li
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    This is a Chinese language course for beginners.  It aims to help students to develop communication competence in the basic skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing the Chinese language. Students will learn basic vocabulary and sentence structures for use in essential everyday situations through various forms of oral practice. Pinyin (the most widely used Chinese phonetic system) will be taught as a tool to learn the spoken language. Students will also learn Chinese characters in order to be able to communicate effectively in real Chinese situations. While linguistic aspects of the Chinese language are the primary focus, introduction to the social and cultural background of the language will also form an important part of the course.  Prerequisitie: None

    • MON 8:30am-9:20am
    • WED 8:30am-9:20am
    • FRI 8:30am-9:20am

    ELEMENTARY ITALIAN I

    HUM1349
    4.00
    Introductory
    Tom Means
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    Speaking, reading, writing; oral-aural and written exercises. Prerequisite: None, but this course is not open for credit to students who have had two or more years of high school Italian.

    • TUE 10:00am-11:20am
    • THU 10:00am-11:20am

    GENDER TROUBLE: MODERN WOMEN WRITERS IN LATIN AMERICA & AFRO-HISPANIC DIASPORA

    HUM1389
    4.00
    Advanced
    View

    Ever since feminists called attention to women's lives,the question of what it means to be a woman has been the subject of much academic debate. However, despite improvement in women's lives and shared similarities, the experience of being a woman differs markedly. Issues such as gender,race, ethnicity, class, nationality, and sexual orientation seem to account for these differences. We will examine issues of gender, race,identity, nationality, and sexual orientation in the work of selected writers. We will also consider the ways in which gender, race, and historical and cultural specificity shape and complicate these categories of inquiry. We will also readpoetry, short stories and essays by women writers. Prerequisite: Prior survey course and ablility to read and write well in Spanish

    • MON 11:30am-12:50pm
    • WED 11:30am-12:50pm

    Intermediate Chinese I

    HUM1358
    4.00
    Introductory
    Grant Li
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    This course is second year Chinese. Students will continue to learn more essential skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing for dailly communication. A broad variety of expressions and complicated sentence structures will be taught so that students can participate in conversations on various topics related to modern Chinese society. While emphasis will still be given to both characters and structures, students will be guided to write more Chinese essays.  Prerequisite: Elementary Chinese II or permission of the instructor.

    • MON 9:30am-10:20am
    • WED 9:30am-10:20am
    • FRI 9:30am-10:20am

    INTERMEDIATE MODERN ARABIC IIA

    HUM1120
    4.00
    Intermediate
    View

    A continuation of elementary Arabic with equal emphasis on aural and oral skills, reading and writing. Selections from contemporary Arabic media are introduced and serve as a basis for reading and conversation. Prerequisite: Arabic IA

    • MON 1:00pm-1:50pm
    • WED 9:30am-10:20am
    • FRI 12:30pm-1:20pm

    INTERMEDIATE SPANISH I

    HUM1390
    4.00
    Intermediate
    View

    Strives for mastery of complex grammatical structures and continues work on writing and reading skills. Frequent compositions, selected literary readings and a short novel, class discussions, and debates on films and current events. Prerequisite: At least two consecutive semesters of college Spanish

     

    • MON 10:30am-11:20am
    • WED 10:30am-11:20am
    • FRI 10:30am-11:20am

    INTRODUCTION TO SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION

    CDS558
    4.00
    Introductory
    Tom Means
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    This course will provide a comprehensive overview of the field of Second Language Acquisition. Students will be provided with information about the scope of the field and about background information on related areas such as first language acquisition, sociolinguistics, and psycholinguistics. Students will perform research in teh field with language learners. Prerequisite: None

    • TUE 11:30am-12:50pm
    • THU 11:30am-12:50pm

    LINGUISTIC MORPHOLOGY

    HUM1382
    4.00
    Introductory
    Grant Li
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    This course presents an introduction to the study of word structure, covering a broad range of morphological phenomena from a wide variety of languages. Topics range from basic principles of the internal structure of words to advanced issues of current controversy over the nature of morphological universals. Prerequisite: None

    • TUE 1:30pm-2:50pm
    • FRI 1:30pm-2:50pm

    For Languages offerings, also see:

  • INTRODUCTION TO SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION
  • Literature

    CONSTITUTION DAY

    HUM1396
    2.00
    Introductory
    View

    We will examine the political issues and background of the writing of the Constitution.  Prerequisite: None

    • TUE 3:30pm-4:50pm
    • FRI 3:30pm-4:50pm

    HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH NOVEL

    HUM856
    4.00
    Introductory
    View

    Readings in the 19th century. We will be looking at issues of social class and gender roles, religious beleifs and attitudes, the rise of the city, the emergence of industrialism. Prerequisite: None

    • MON 10:30am-11:20am
    • WED 10:30am-11:20am
    • FRI 10:30am-11:20am

    POSTSTRUCTURAL THEORY AND LIMITS OF THE NOVEL

    HUM123
    3.00
    Intermediate
    View

    The vision of the world shaped by the modern novel through magical realism, fabulation and dark allegory constitutes a dramatic shift in the notion of character, narration, and plot together with a radical subversion of notions of order, bureaucracy, gender and politics. This course seeks to redefine the scope of the novel in the context of post-structuralism and semiotics. We shall explore the relevance of selected theoretical formulations of Barthes, Foucault, Derrida, Bhaktin, Lacan, Deleuze and Guattari, Irigaray and Kristeva to selected works of Kafka, Garcia Marquez, Pynchon, Ann Michaels, Calvino and Robbe-Grillet..

    Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

    • MON 11:30am-12:50pm
    • WED 11:30am-12:50pm

    ROMANTIC LITERATURE

    HUM1393
    4.00
    Introductory
    View

    This course provides introductions to the writings of William Blake, William Wordsworth, Percy Bysshe Shelley, John Keats, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Lord Byron, Charlotte Smith, Felicia Haymans, Mary Shelley, and other writers of the Romantic era. We will begin by examining the origins of Romanticism, both on the Continent and in Britain, then discuss how these writers conformed to or deviated from the tenets of Romantic ideology. We will also situate these works in their historical contexts, paying particular attention to the Industrial Revolution, the rise of the British Empire, and issues of class and gender. This class will be followed by an introduction to Victorian literature in the spring. Prerequisite: None

    • TUE 11:30am-12:50pm
    • THU 11:30am-12:50pm

    RUSSIAN NOVEL

    HUM806
    4.00
    Intermediate
    View

    Selected Novels of Gogol, Turgenev, Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky. Some outside reading in history and biography. Research paper. Prerequisite: Some background in literature

    • TUE 1:30pm-3:20pm
    • FRI 1:30pm-3:20pm

    SYLVIA PLATH & TED HUGHES

    HUM1386
    4.00
    Advanced
    View

    It is arguable that Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes have attracted more attention, and from a broader readership, than any other English or American poet of the post-war period. Unfortunately, such attention tends to derive from an interest in the sensational aspects of their relationship rather than an understanding or appreciation of their work. Yet both poets possessed original and startling poetic voices; to consider their work only in light of their biography is both reductive and misguided. Together, then, we will deconstruct the myth of Plath and Hughes as we read their poetry in detail. We will also visit the Sylvia Plath archive at Smith College to view her journals and manuscripts. Prerequisite: At least one literature class or permission of instructor

    • TUE 1:30pm-4:15pm

    For Literature offerings, also see:

  • POSTSTRUCTURAL THEORY AND LIMITS OF THE NOVEL
  • THE GOLDEN RACE
  • Mathematics

    Algebraic Structures

    NSC618
    4.00
    Intermediate
    John Arhin
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    An investigation of the properties of groups, rings and fields. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

    • TUE 10:00am-11:20am
    • THU 10:00am-11:20am

    Calculus

    NSC515
    4.00
    Introductory
    View

    A one semester course covering differential and integral calculus and their applications. This course provides a general background for more advanced study in mathematics and science. Prerequisite: Topics in Algebra, Trigonometry and Pre-Calculus (NSC556) or equivalent.

    • MON 9:30am-10:20am
    • WED 9:30am-10:20am
    • FRI 9:30am-10:20am

    Discrete Mathematics

    NSC562
    4.00
    Introductory
    John Arhin
    View

    Discrete math is the study of mathematical objects on which there is no natural notion of continuity. Examples include the integers, networks, permutations and search trees. After an introduction to the tools needed to study the subject, the emphasis will be on you *doing* mathematics. Series of problems will lead gradually to proofs of major theorems in various areas of the discipline. This course is recommended for those intending to do advanced work in math or computer science. Prerequisite: None

    • MON 10:30am-11:20am
    • WED 10:30am-11:20am
    • FRI 10:30am-11:20am

    Statistics Workshop

    NSC574
    Variable
    Intermediate
    View

    A follow-up to Statistics (NSC123) in which students acquire and hone the statistical skills needed for their work on Plan or simply pursue more advanced topics within the field. Course content is driven by the interests and requirements of those taking the class. Variable credit (1-4). May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Statistics (NSC123) or permission of the instructor

    Additional individual meetings for this course may be arranged.

    • FRI 1:30pm-3:20pm

    Topics in Algebra, Trigonometry and Pre-Calculus

    NSC556
    Variable
    Introductory
    John Arhin
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    This course covers a wide range of math topics prerequisite for further study in mathematics and science and of interest in their own right. The course is divided into over 50 units (listed on the course web page). One credit will be earned for each group of 6 units completed. Students select units to improve their weak areas. There are also tailored streams for students who wish to go on to study calculus or statistics and for those who wish to prepare for the GRE exam. Over this semester and next, 42 units will be offered in the timetabled sessions. Individual tutorial-style arrangements can be made to study the non-timetabled units or to study units earlier than their scheduled session. Prerequisite: None

    • MON 9:30am-10:20am
    • WED 9:30am-10:20am
    • FRI 9:30am-10:20am

    Writing Math

    NSC534
    1.00
    Intermediate
    View

    We study the writing and presentation of mathematics. All skills needed for writing Plan-level math will be discussed, from the overall structure of a math paper down to the use of the typesetting package LaTeX. Much of the time will be spent working on writing proofs. Short papers, based on material in your other math classes, will be read and discussed as a group. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Concurrent course or tutorial that includes substantial mathematical content.

    • FRI 3:30pm-4:50pm

    For Mathematics offerings, also see:

  • GAMES PEOPLE PLAY
  • Music

    Chamber Music

    ART496
    1.00
    View

    An opportunity for students to meet on a weekly basis to read and rehearse music from the standard chamber music repertoire. If interested see Stan Charkey. Woodwind, string, brass instruments welcome. Prerequisite: Ability to play an instrument and read music

    • WED 6:30pm-8:00pm

    CHORUS FOR SIGHT-READING

    ART2233
    1.00
    Introductory
    View

    A course that meets once per week to practice sight-reading in parts.  This course may be repeated each semester.  Prerequisite: ability to read music.

    • TUE 3:30pm-4:50pm

    ELECTRONIC MUSIC I

    ART658
    2.00
    Introductory
    View

    The electronic music course provides an outlet for students with or without music recording experience to both explore the historical context of electronic music production and develoment as well as learn some basic recording and editing techniques. This course combines lectures, demonstrations and critique sessions, with hands-on experience in computer-based audio recording, editing mixing and mastering. It offers both a practical and theoretical foundation in electronic music history, sound production and recording, while encouraging creative expression and critical analysis. Topics covered include basic techniques, field recording techniques, basic audio production, basic digital signal processing, various sound synthesis techniques, simple microphone set-ups, use of digital audio editing software, multi-track mixing, and mastering techniques. Prerequisite: None

    • TUE 6:30pm-8:00pm

    ELECTRONIC MUSIC II

    ART738
    2.00
    Intermediate
    View

    Students will design and execute a series of projects or create a major work or research project. Prerequisite: Electronic Music I

     

    • TUE 8:30pm-9:50pm

    IMPRESSIONISM TO 21ST CENTURY MUSIC

    ART673
    4.00
    Introductory
    View

    A study of works of Debussy, Ravel, Stravinksy, Schoenberg, Hindemith, Bartok and others.  The works will be put into a socio-historical perspective.  Students present a talk on a 20th century composition of their choice. Prerequisite: None 

    • TUE 10:00am-11:20am
    • THU 10:00am-11:20am

    Jazz Ensemble

    ART451
    3.00
    Multi-Level
    Eugene Uman
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    The Marlboro College Jazz Ensemble presents an opportunity for students to come together to study and perform music that is improvisational in nature. Ensembles begin with simple song forms such as the blues, and evolve from there depending on the levels and desires of the students. Participants will learn the interactive skills necessary to play in jazz combos and study various jazz forms, comping skills and improvisational styles. After an ensemble has been established, we will choose a focus that suits the group, such as composing original music or studying a particular composer (Monk, Trane, Miles, Dave Holland) or a certain style (Free, bebop, Latin, fusion). We will often listen to the original versions of songs as an opportunity to cultivate an appreciation for the music's history and creativity.
    This class will meet with the instructor for 1 hour 20 minutes per week; it will also rehearse once a week without supervision. The Marlboro College Jazz Ensemble will stage at least one performance at the end of the semester. Prerequisite: Basic musical proficiency on your instrument

    • TUE 1:30pm-2:50pm
    • WED 10:00am-11:20am
    • FRI 10:00am-11:20am

    Madrigal Choir

    ART825
    1.00
    View

    Ensemble singing for more experienced choristers. Ability to read music and sight-sing. An exploration of repertoire from Renaissance to contemporary music for small choral ensemble. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Audition or permission of instructor

    • FRI 1:30pm-3:20pm

    Music Fundamentals 1

    ART14
    4.00
    Introductory
    View

    A study of musical signatures, meter, rhythm, and basic chordal structure. Prerequisite: None

    • TUE 11:30am-12:50pm
    • THU 11:30am-12:50pm

    SOLFEGE IA

    ART12
    3.00
    Introductory
    Luis Batlle
    View

    Work towards proficiency in reading treble clefs; sight singing, dictation, simple and compound rhythms. Prerequisite: None

     

    • TUE 11:30am-12:50pm
    • FRI 11:30am-12:50pm

    For Music offerings, also see:

  • SOLFEGE IA
  • Philosophy

    BUDDHIST PHILOSOPHY

    HUM1381
    4.00
    Intermediate
    View

    This course will be an exploration of Buddhist philosophical accounts of consciousness, language, knowledge and wisdom, the nature of reality, ethics, and the nature and purpose of human existence.  We will begin with a careful study of early Theravda texts.  Then we will devote considerable attention to NÄ?gÄ?rjuna's (second century, India) Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way, which is often thought to be the most important text in Buddhist philosophy.  We will then explore how later thinkers in India, Tibet, China, Korea, Japan, and Vietnam engaged in diverse ways with each other and with the questions posed by Nagarjuna and his Theravada predecessors.  We will focus particular attention on Mipham's (nineteenth century, Tibet) Beacon of Certainty.


    Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

    • MON 1:30pm-2:50pm
    • THU 1:30pm-2:50pm

    GREEK PHILOSOPHY

    HUM1379
    4.00
    Introductory
    View

    This course is an introduction to Plato and Aristotle, generally considered the two most important thinkers in the Western philosophical tradition.  We will begin with a careful reading of Plato’s Republic, followed by his two famous dialogues on love: Symposium and Phaedrus.  We will then turn to Aristotle’s Metaphysics.  Together, these works set the direction for philosophical inquiry in the West into justice, love and friendship, truth, reality, understanding and knowledge, wisdom, education, the soul, writing and speaking, ethics, nature, and being.  Throughout, we will attend both to the philosophical claims and the narrative, metaphors, and styles Plato and Aristotle employ in articulating their thought.  Greek Philosophy is highly suitable as an introductory philosophy course.


    Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor

    • MON 11:30am-12:50pm
    • WED 11:30am-12:50pm

    PHILOSOPHICAL WRITING & ARGUMENTATION

    HUM1380
    1.00
    Introductory
    View

    This course is an introduction to philosophical writing and argumentation.  We will review principles of philosophical writing and work on papers assigned in other philosophy courses this semester.  Additionally, we will discuss tools for constructing and assessing arguments, and other philosophical methods, conceptual distinctions, and significant terms.

    • FRI 11:30am-12:50pm

    For Philosophy offerings, also see:

  • Contemporary Political & Social Thought
  • Photography

    Introduction to Black & White Photography

    ART9
    4.00
    Introductory
    John Willis
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    This course provides an introduction to black and white 35mm photography. Students will learn basic camera operation, film exposure and development, and printing. Student work will be discussed regularly in critique where visual communication will be emphasized alongside technique. The course will also introduce some of the fundamental issues and movements within the history of photography. Prerequisite: None (manual 35mm camera)

    • MON 1:30pm-4:20pm
    • THU 1:30pm-4:20pm

    Photography Plan Seminar

    ART574
    4.00
    Advanced
    John Willis
    View

    This is a seminar for all students on Plan in photography. Prerequisite: Submission of Plan application or instructor's permission

    • MON 10:30am-12:20pm
    • WED 10:30am-12:20pm

    Physics

    ELECTRICITY & MAGNETISM

    NSC427
    4.00
    Introductory
    View

    A sophomore-level introduction to the physics of electric and magnetic phenomena. Topics include electrostatic forces, electric and magnetic fields, induction, Maxwell's equations, and some DC circuits. Prerequisites: General Physics I and II, Calculus I and II (Advanced Calculus also recommended as a co-requisite)

    • MON 9:30am-10:20am
    • WED 9:30am-10:20am
    • FRI 9:30am-10:20am

    General Physics I

    NSC223
    4.00
    Introductory
    View

    This course is the first half of the year-long introductory physics sequence. It is designed to fit the needs of both students intending to go on Plan in physics or another natural science and also non-science students who nevertheless desire some firsthand exposure to the scientific method of approaching and understanding the world. We'll cover Galileo's and Newton's discoveries about the motion of familiar terrestrial objects. But we'll also learn some things about the discovery process itself by doing real-life, hands-on experiments. Said another way, students will learn physics in this course by doing physics - not (primarily) by listening to lectures about physics. So roll up your sleeves and join us! Prerequisite: Mathematical proficiency up through, but not necessarily including, calculus.

    • MON 11:30am-12:50pm
    • WED 11:30am-12:50pm
    • FRI 11:30am-12:50pm

    QUANTUM PHYSICS: CONCEPTS AND CONTROVERSIESmode_edit

    NSC502
    4.00
    Introductory
    View

    This non-mathematical introduction to quantum physics will survey the historical development of the theory and explore its scope and implications. Specific topics will include: experimental evidence for wave-particle duality, the structure of the atom, Schroedinger's cat and the Einstein-Bohr debates, Bohm's hidden-variable theory, and Bell's Theorem and non-locality. Assignments will consist of weekly readings and several papers. Prerequisite: None

    • TUE 1:30pm-2:50pm
    • FRI 1:30pm-2:50pm

    Political Science

    COMPARATIVE POLITICS: DEBATING DEMOCRACY

    SSC338
    4.00
    Introductory
    View

    This course will offer a basic introduction to comparative government.  Democracy will serve as the organizing theme of our investigations, and various case studies, including the American political system, will be considered in some depth. Prerequisite: None

    • TUE 11:30am-12:50pm
    • THU 11:30am-12:50pm

    EMERSON, PRAGMATISM AND DEMOCRACY

    CDS539
    4.00
    Introductory
    Meg Mott
    View

    This class considers democratic practices through the writings of one man, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and through the essays of one philosophical movement, pragmatism. Pragmatism," to quote Louis Menand, "is an account of the way people think." Pragmatists are interested in how we think because they believe that many political and social problems might be solved if we stopped using abstractions and started thinking in terms of practical consequences. Pragmatism has been called America's "only major contribution to philosophy." Given the American interest in work and productivity, perhaps we won't be surprised to find out that pragmatism takes philosophical techniques and renders them useful.

    Pragmatism grew out of the polarizing discourse around slavery in the Civil War era. Much of the discussion will focus on the role of abstractions in Abolitionist and Pro-Slavery discourse. We'll consider why some of the early pragmatists, particularly Emerson, used metaphors and literature to make his new ideas work. Prerequisite: A background in political theory or philosophy.

     

    • MON 10:30am-11:20am
    • WED 10:30am-11:20am
    • FRI 10:30am-11:20am

    GAMES PEOPLE PLAY

    CDS560
    4.00
    Introductory
    View

    People play all sorts of games: board-games, math puzzles, contact sports, charades, and video games. While the materials may differ, the basic elements for a game of whist and Dance, Dance Revolution are the same: Games have rules, people play by the rules, and winning involves some degree of strategy.

    Games have quite a bit in common with other human activities. Town Meetings run by rules, as do mathematical systems. By looking at how rules determine potential outcomes, we can learn a lot about decision-making whether it is in Town Meeting or in a math problem set.

    This class considers politics and mathematics as examples of games. It looks at rules of argument in Town Meeting and rules in solving geometry problems. To tie this all together we investigate how Wittgenstein uses games as a way of making sense of human interactions. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor

    • MON 1:30pm-2:50pm
    • THU 1:30pm-2:50pm

    THEORIES OF DEVELOPMENT

    SSC216
    4.00
    Intermediate
    View

    This course will examine the process of theory building and paradigm change during the first three qenerations of 3rd World development scholarship.  In particular, the three major schools of modernization, dependency, and post dependency theory will be analysed in light of their comparative contributions and limitations.  Theoretical discussions will be grounded in the empirical context of real life 3rd World development challenges. Prerequisite:  Social Sciences background or permission of Instructor

    • TUE 6:30pm-8:00pm
    • THU 6:30pm-8:00pm

    For Political Science offerings, also see:

  • EMERSON, PRAGMATISM AND DEMOCRACY
  • Politics

    Writing Political Theory

    HUM1204
    2.00
    Advanced
    Meg Mott
    View

    This writing seminar develops strategies and skills necessary for completing a Plan in political theory. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: For seniors writing a Plan in political theory

    • FRI 1:30pm-3:20pm

    For Politics offerings, also see:

  • Contemporary Political & Social Thought
  • THE SOVIET ERA THROUGH FILM AND MEMOIR
  • Psychology

    CHILD DEVELOPMENT

    SSC59
    4.00
    Introductory
    View

    A course on the developing child, emphasizing current research and theories. Prerequisite: None

    • MON 9:30am-10:20am
    • WED 9:30am-10:20am
    • FRI 9:30am-10:20am

    EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY

    SSC509
    4.00
    Introductory
    View

    This course will explore the application of psychological principles to educational settings. In the context of understanding human developmental processes, the course will examine educational strategies for optimizing learning and facilitating self-efficacy. Prerequisite: None

    • MON 1:30pm-2:50pm
    • THU 1:30pm-2:50pm

    PSYCHOTHERAPIES

    SSC441
    4.00
    Advanced
    View

    Major theories of personality are discussed and compared. The emphasis is on the underlying assumptions regarding persons and the therapies and psychotherapies which have emerged. Prerequisite: Abnormal Psychology or permission of instructor

    • MON 10:30am-11:20am
    • WED 10:30am-11:20am
    • FRI 10:30am-11:20am

    SEMINAR ON COGNITION

    SSC221
    4.00
    Advanced
    View

    The seminar covers several important areas of cognition, especially memory, language, learning, and thinking. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

    • MON 3:30pm-5:20pm

    THE CREATIVE PROCESS

    SSC510
    4.00
    Intermediate
    View

    This course explores all facets of the creative process, including psychological dimensions that facilitate or impede creative expression.  We will examine the phases of creative endeavor, from conception to completion. We will explore critical issues in creativity, from considering the universality of the need to create, the role of social forces in supporting or undermining creative expression, psychological dynamics of the interaction between artists and their art, the joys and frustrations of creative work as well as the role of dreams, imagery, and symbolism. This course is designed to be useful for students whether their primary focus is in the social sciences or the arts.  Prerequisite:

     

    • MON 3:30pm-4:50pm
    • THU 3:30pm-4:50pm

    For Psychology offerings, also see:

  • INTRODUCTION TO SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION
  • Religion

    HINDUISM

    HUM1058
    4.00
    Introductory
    Amer Latif
    View

    An introduction to the diverse religious traditions that constitute Hinduism. In addition to studying ritual, philosophy, and symbolism, we will pay special attention to the role of mythology within Hinduism. We will devote a good part of the semester to reading the Mahabharata with a focus on the Bhagavad Gita as a text that synthesizes diverse strands of Hindu religious thought. Prerequisite: None

    • TUE 10:00am-11:20am
    • THU 10:00am-11:20am

    INTRODUCTION TO ISLAM

    HUM1278
    4.00
    Introductory
    Amer Latif
    View

    This course is an introduction to the fundamental teachings presented in the foundational texts of Islam and elaborated in Islamic ritual, arts, and literature. Our aim, through studying the Qur'an and the life and teachings of the prophet Muhammad, is to grasp the internal logic of the Islamic worldview and the vocabulary used to articulate the vision of Islam. This work will provide the basis for examining the divergence within later (classical and modern) Muslim interpretations concerning questions of theology, human development and perfection, leadership, and the organization of communities.  Prerequisite: None

    • MON 11:30am-12:50pm
    • WED 11:30am-12:50pm

    Plan Seminar: Sources & Methods in Religious Studies

    HUM1117
    4.00
    Advanced
    Amer Latif
    View

    Examination of available sources and current methodologies in the study of religion. Required for juniors on Plan in religion. Prerequisite: Plan in Religious Studies

    • TUE 11:30am-12:50pm
    • THU 11:30am-12:50pm

    Plan Writing Seminar

    HUM779
    4.00
    Advanced
    Amer Latif
    View

    Writing seminar for seniors completing their Plan in religious studies. Prerequisite: Seniors on Plan in Religious Studies

    • TUE 1:30pm-3:30pm

    SEMINAR IN RELIGION, LITERATURE & PHILOSOPHY I

    HUM5
    4.00
    Intermediate
    View
    A year-long course, reading and discussing some of the major works of Western culture from Homer to Shakespeare. Heavy reading schedule, regular discussions, papers required.
    • MON 11:30am-12:50pm
    • WED 11:30am-12:50pm
    • FRI 11:30am-12:50pm

    Sociology

    Contemporary Political & Social Thought

    SSC63
    4.00
    Advanced
    Gerald Levy
    View

    Issues crucial to an understanding of the crisis of the 20th century will be explored through the work of Arendt, Barnet, Vidich, Kolko and Elizabeth Genovese. Prerequisite: None

    • MON 1:30pm-3:20pm
    • THU 1:30pm-3:20pm

    Introduction to Sociology

    SSC23
    4.00
    Introductory
    Gerald Levy
    View

    This course introduces the student to the theories and perspectives of sociology. We will explore a variety of substantive areas within the field, touching on many of the major subfields. These include the social formation of behavior and identity, the sociology of emotions, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, social class and its reproduction, the reproduction of social structure and inequality, environmental justice, and social movements.


    Prerequisite: None

    • TUE 8:30am-9:50am
    • THU 8:30am-9:50am

    TALKING RACE IN EDUCATION

    SSC512
    4.00
    Introductory
    Ken Schneck
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    Examining race as a social construct in American society is a daunting task indeed. This course sharpens the focus of that pursuit by placing race squarely within the context of the full range of our education system. Can race be addressed in kindergarten? If so, should it be? How is race connected to success in high school? How do we talk about race on college campuses? Using both core texts and mainstream movies, we will explore the intersection between race and education, from the controversial to the revelatory and everything in between. Prerequisite: None

    • MON 3:30pm-4:50pm
    • THU 3:30pm-4:50pm

    For Sociology offerings, also see:

  • ANTHROPOLOGICAL THOUGHT & THEORY
  • Contemporary Political & Social Thought
  • Theater

    DECONSTRUCTING SPACE & PERFORMANCE

    CDS561
    4.00
    Introductory
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    An exploration of how space(s) participate in performance, politics, civic ritual, and as a reflection of cultural values. Readings, research projects, and film viewing will inform seminar discussion of an array of topics: e.g., sacred spaces, stages, altars, political arenas, site specific performance, architectural hierarchies in space and more.
    • MON 3:30pm-5:20pm
    • THU 3:30pm-5:20pm

    OUTSIDE THE BOX: A CENTURY OF INNOVATION IN THE THEATRE

    ART2230
    2.00
    Introductory
    Paul Nelsen
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    A survey of ideas and practices of some innovative and influential stage directors of the past century -- including Artaud, Meyerhold, Brecht, Jerzy Grotowski, Peter Brook, Joseph Chaiken, Tadeuz Kantor, Lepage, Robert Wilson, and Simon McBurney. Work will involve media viewing and research, some reading, and mini-projects. Prerequisite: Permission from instructor

    • TUE 1:30pm-3:20pm

    Performing Normalcy

    ART2232
    4.00
    Intermediate
    Brenda Foley
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    Employing tools of critical analysis from the fields of Performance Studies and Disability Studies, this course is an interdisciplinary exploration of the ways in which cultural images of "normal" are constituted, legitimated, and even occasionally subverted in theatre and popular entertainment in the United States.
    We will study works as diverse as Tod Browning's film Freaks, Doug Wright's play I am My Own Wife, and the TV pageant/plastic surgery extravaganza The Swan.
    4 credits. There are no prerequisites and the class will be capped.

    • TUE 8:30am-9:50am
    • THU 8:30am-9:50am

    SOLO PERFORMANCE

    ART2229
    3.00
    Intermediate
    Brenda Foley
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    This course will be a collaborative seminar designed to give intermediate and advanced students who intend to use performing as an aspect of their Plan the opportunity to workshop their ideas and scripts.
    Permission of instructor required and the class will be capped.

    • THU 10:00am-11:20am

    For Theater offerings, also see:

  • AMERICA ON STAGE AND SCREEN
  • Visual Arts

    Art Seminar Critique

    ART359
    2.00
    Advanced
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    This course provides a forum for students to share their plan work with each other and to engage in critical dialogue. This semester the course will include attending the lectures in the series "Celebrating Creativity" and will require students to write and revise a "statement of purpose" regarding their work. This is a required course for seniors on plan in the Visual Arts. Prerequisite: A student on Plan in the Visual Arts or by permission

    • TUE 3:30pm-5:30pm

    DRAWING I

    ART7
    4.00
    Introductory
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    A beginning course designed to develop skills and knowledge in seeing. A variety of tools and materials will be explored while working from the still life, landscape and the figure. Fundamental issues of line, shape, tonal value, composition and design elements will be our basis of investigation. Prerequisite: None
    • MON 1:00pm-3:20pm
    • THU 1:00pm-3:20pm

    FORM & PLACE - THE ART OF SITE-SPECIFIC SCULPTURE

    ART607
    3.00
    Intermediate
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    As sculpture moved off the pedestal in the first half of this century it found new relationships to its place in the world. The development of earth art, installation art, and site specific sculpture have created a realm of activity for sculptors which has been varied and rich. Through a series of projects and investigations of places and objects, including light and sound, mapping, indoor and outdoor installations, and modelmaking, students will create a series of works. Prerequisite: Sculpture I and at least one other art course or permission of instructor

     

    • MON 10:30am-12:50pm

    FORM AS CONTENT - CONTENT AS FORM

    ART2235
    4.00
    Intermediate
    Cathy Osman
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    Painting in the last 30 years has seen a struggle for a balance between form and content. Should the way a picture looks rule the artists' choices or should they be ruled by what the picture signifies?  The course asks students to approach this question.  Prerequisite: Painting I

     

    • TUE 1:00pm-3:20pm
    • FRI 1:00pm-3:20pm

    PHOTOGRAPHIC PROCESSES FROM HOMEMADE AND TOY CAMERAS TO DIGITAL

    ART2228
    4.00
    Intermediate
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    Through a series of exercises we will explore photographic methods and processes, beginning with handmade and toy cameras, right on to advanced digital cameras, view cameras, and studio lighting.  Printing processes will span some work in 19th Century techniques, analog darkroom and digital lightroom.

    • TUE 9:00am-11:20am
    • THU 9:00am-11:20am

    THE VISUAL BOOK

    ART2234
    4.00
    Intermediate
    Cathy Osman
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    The book is a grand thing.  An object filled with information reflecting varying degrees of research, invention, mystery and certainty.  Artist books have many of the same attributes but tend to be one-of-a-kind objects.  This class will experiment with traditional and non-traditional book structures and narrative forms while emphasizing painting and drawing.  Prerequisite: Drawing I

     

    • WED 10:30am-12:50pm
    • FRI 10:30am-12:50pm

    THREE DIMENSIONAL DESIGN

    ART553
    4.00
    Introductory
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    This course eplores the language of objects. We are surrounded by things and take them for granted, but each item was made by a process of design. In a series of problems, students will be asked to design and build a chair, a package, and a game. Problems will focus on structure, presentation, and invention. The development of design styles will be studied as well. While Sculpture I explores the language of three dimension from a representational and expressive point of view, this course approaches the same language from the point of view of a problem solver. The inventive artistic result of this problem solving is often remarkable. Prerequisite: None

    • TUE 9:00am-11:20am
    • THU 9:00am-11:20am

    For Visual Arts offerings, also see:

  • DRAWING I
  • World Studies Program

    Designing Fieldwork

    WSP3
    3.00
    Intermediate
    Seth Harter
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    This course is designed to acquaint students who are preparing for independent research with a diverse range of fieldwork methods. We will consider matters of epistemology, access, observation, interviewing and surveying, collecting, note taking, and reporting. Cross-cultural challenges and the ethics of fieldwork will also feature in our discussions. Over the course of the semester, students will develop an Internship Proposal that describes their academic and professional goals, explaining what they expect to learn; the methods of their independent work; resources found and still needed; and how the work will be evaluated. These proposals function as learning contracts for their academic sponsors, requests for funding for scholarship organizations, and presentation pieces for the hosting organization.

    Note: Designing Fieldwork will NOT be offered in Spring 2010. Students intending to take the course this academic year should do so in Fall 2009. 

    Required for WSP students; open to non-WSP students.

    Prerequisite: Finding an internship or permission of the instructor

    • TBD

    World Studies Program Colloquium

    WSP53
    1.00
    Introductory
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    A forum for discussion of cross-cultural experience and international work, with participation by faculty, visiting professionals, alumni and current students. The sessions include an introduction to international resources at Marlboro and SIT, with discussion of area studies, internships, and Plans in international studies. All students are welcome; required for new WSP students.

    Course time may change based on the mutual agreement of those who wish to enroll.

    • WED 4:00pm-5:20pm

    World Studies Senior Seminar

    WSP2
    1.00
    Advanced
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    A ten-week seminar addressing cultural differences and adaptation, and the integration of international field experiences into senior Plan work. Open for all students returning from study or fieldwork abroad; Required of WSP seniors. Graded on a Pass/Fail basis. Prerequisite: Study/field experience abroad

    Course time will be determined based on the mutual agreement of those who wish to enroll.

     

     

    • WED 10:30am-11:30am

    For World Studies Program offerings, also see:

  • THE GERMAN TWENTIETH CENTURY
  • THE SOVIET ERA THROUGH FILM AND MEMOIR
  • Writing

    Elements of Style

    HUM11
    3.00
    Intermediate
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    The course begins with a review of basic grammatical principles. It continues with exercises designed to increase the students' control of their prose. The second half of the semester is spent partly in revising existing papers, and partly in studying such stylistic niceties as parallel structure, rhythmic control, and felicitous presentation of research. May be a designated writing course (4 credits); otherwise, 3. NOTE: Open to students who have passed the writing requirement but desire to improve their writing for Plan. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

    • MON 11:30am-12:50pm
    • WED 11:30am-12:50pm

    Fiction Workshop

    ART6
    Variable
    Multi-Level
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    Class discussion of students' stories.  Each student produces work for the class and participates in analysis and discussion.  Reading and assignments vary as appropriate; admission based on consideration of samples of students' work. Prerequisite:  Permission of instructor

    • TUE 1:30pm-4:50pm

    Forms of Poetry

    ART528
    3.00
    Multi-Level
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    An introduction to poetic form, both for those who wish to develop their own skills in formal verse, and for those who want to cultivate an analytical sensitivity to formal elements in poetry.  Those in the first category will attempt poems in a variety of forms; those in the second will write short papers about poems in each form.  We will explore various principles of rhythm in organizing lines -- meter, syllable count, rhyme, free verse, refrains, prose -- and a broad range of traditional and not-so-traditional stanza structures -- sonnets, sestinas, villanelles, haiku, double-dactyls, nonce forms, and so on. The aim is not to complete polished poems and papers, but to engage technical matters in poetry seriously through exercises and analysis.  May be taken in conjunction with Poetry workshop or independently. Prerequisite: None 

    • THU 1:30pm-2:50pm

    Writing Seminars

    WRITING SEMINAR: EXPLORING THE NEW JOURNALISMhearing

    HUM1392
    4.00
    Introductory
    John Sheehy
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    In this course we will read and practice journalism, both as it is traditionally considered -- e.g., the essay as it has been defined in magazines like The New Yorker, or the expository report as practiced in The New York Times or The Wall Street Journal -- and in the many variations on traditional journalism that have emerged since the 1960s: gonzo print journalism, various forms of online writing, radio essays, etc. Our goal will be to read (and listen to, in the case of radio essays) as much interesting and provocative journalistic writing as possible, by writers like H.L. Mencken, Jonathan Raban, Hunter S. Thompson, Seymour Hersch, Annie Proulx, Jon Krakauer, Terry Tempest Williams and others. Our goal, in the end, will not be so much to arrive at a narrow definition of journalism as to expand our own writing practice to include a range of styles, voices and modes of presentation.

    And, as this will be a writing seminar, we will also write a lot, about the journalism we have read, and in journalistic pieces of our own. Discussion of the course texts will alternate with writing conferences, workshops, and work on grammar, style and structure.  Prerequisite:  None

     

     

    • TUE 1:30pm-3:20pm
    • FRI 1:30pm-3:20pm

    WRITING SEMINAR: FAIRYTALES, FANTASY, SHORT FICTIONhearing

    HUM1165
    4.00
    Introductory
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    There is more to "short fiction" than the short story, and this class is concerned with all forms of short fiction. We will read fables, "folk" fairy tales, selections from Boccaccio's "Decameron" and Basile's "Pentamerone," a few Elizabethan tales, literary fairy tales of the Romantic era, short stories from different countries and periods, and finally some modern tales by Dinesen, Borges and Calvino. We will discuss the effects of writing upon a genre originally oral, the effects of "gentrification" of fairy tales, and the use of fiction in exploring psychology and subverting social norms. Along the way, there will be three short critical papers, explication exercises, and a research paper. The stories studied this semester will provide essential background for Fundamentals of Fiction Writing in future semesters. Prerequisite: None

    • TUE 11:30am-12:50pm
    • THU 11:30am-12:50pm

    WRITING SEMINAR: THE ART OF THE ESSAYhearing

    HUM1217
    4.00
    Introductory
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    Virginia Woolf describes the essay as a form that "must lap us about and draw its curtain across the world." But what, she asks, "can the essayist use in these short length of prose to sting us awake and fix us in a trance which is not sleep but rather an intensification of life-a basking, with every faculty alert, in the sun of pleasure?" Her answer is a simple one: "He [she] must know-that is the first essential-how to write." From David Quamman's "The Face of the Spider" to Scott Russell Sanders' "Looking at Women" to Wallace Stegner's "The Town Dump" to Annie Dillard's "Living Like Weasels " to George Saunders' "The Braindead Megaphone," we will explore how contemporary essayists-in personal essays, nature writing, literary journalism, and science writing-look closely at everyday objects, practices and experiences. We will analyze what makes these essayists effective, entertaining, and enlightening. And, of course, we will be writing about all of this in several formats: in-class exercises and shorter assignments leading up to two 4-6 page papers and one 8-10 page research paper. Peer response workshops, writing conferences, and in-class work on style, revision, and editing will alternate with our class discussion of the texts. Prerequisite: None.

    • MON 1:30pm-2:50pm
    • THU 1:30pm-2:50pm

    WRITING SEMINAR: VIOLENCE OF HORSES: THE MYTH & REALITY OF THE WESTERNhearing

    HUM1391
    4.00
    Introductory
    John Sheehy
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    "I am ready to die out of nature and be born again in this new yet unapproachable America I have found in the West." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

    American culture -- especially since the end of the Civil War -- has always been fascinated with the "western frontier," a mythical space that has been associated with a (usually violent) psychological and social transformation. The frontier, Frederick Jackson Turner famously announced in 1893, is the crucible wherein Europeans are transformed into that new thing called American. Since Turner made this announcement, the western -- as a literary genre, as a visual iconography, as a political idea -- has been one of the dominant frameworks of America's definition of itself: in hundreds of novels, and in hundreds more films made in the last century, the transformative experience of the West has been and explicit or implicit motif.

    In this class we will explore the origins of that myth through an examination of some of the ways it has been articulated in literature and film. We will read a number of the older works that helped to define the genre -- Turner's "Significance of the Frontier in American History" and Owen Wister's The Virginian -- along with various modern renditions by Norman Maclean ("A River Runs Through It") Leslie Marmon Silko (Ceremony) and Cormac McCarthy (Blood Meridian), among others. We will also watch and discuss a series of classic western films, including Shane, High Noon, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, Unforgiven and others. Our goal throughout will be to explore the various ways the myth of the west has been mobilized, from generation to generation, to speak to changing American concerns and social tensions, and to try to understand, if we can, the way our myth of ourselves inflects, and is inflected by, our reality.

    Because this is a writing seminar, we will also write a lot about all of this: at least rhree major papers, along with a research paper. Discussions of the class texts will alternate with writing conferences, and work on style, grammar, rhetoric and structure.  Prerequisite: None

     

     

    • TUE 10:00am-11:20am TUE 6:30pm-9:00pm
    • THU 10:00am-11:20am

    WRITING SEMINAR: WAYS OF TELLING - READING WRITTEN & VISUAL NARRATIVEShearing

    HUM1394
    4.00
    Introductory
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    "The mind is its own place, the visible world is another, and visual and verbal images sustain the dialogue between them." Wright Morris

    When we think about narratives, we most often think of prose-words that tell a story. But what happens when writers-novelists, memoirists, and nonfiction writers-integrate images into their narratives-photographs archived in history museums, personal photographs, or evocative graphics that merge with the written text? In this writing seminar, we will investigate the elusive dialogue between words and visual images, and consider how we "read" or interpret both prose and pictures. Beginning with Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carry, a genre-bending autobiographical novel that explores the convergence of memory and imagination, we will explore Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Close & Incredibly Loud (a child's wild vision and wild hurt in confronting the cataclysm of 9/11) Wright Morris's memoir The Home Place (a photo-text that takes us back to a single day in Wright's boyhood home in Nebraska) and John Berger and Jean Mohr's first experimental collaboration The Fortunate Man: The Story of a Country Doctor (a deeply moving portrait of a doctor working in an impoverished English rural community). We will consider the point at which photographs enter the texts and examine how they act to undercut, reinforce, and/or expand the written narrative. The writing will take several formats- in-class exercises and shorter assignments leading up to two 4-6 page papers and one 8-10 page research paper. Through lots of practice in writing, critiquing, and rewriting, we will work toward two of our main goals-to help you find a writing process that works well for you and to allow you to experience the value of language as a tool for thinking deeply and clearly. Prerequisite: None.

    • MON 11:30am-12:50pm
    • WED 11:30am-12:50pm